Oakland Mills festival is near

September 25, 2005

The Oakland Mills International Fall Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8 at Oakland Mills Village Center.

Entertainment is to include the Kinderman, the Teelin Irish Dancers, the Polka Kids, Columbia's Teen Idol and MirMar Klezmers.

Food, games and activities for children are planned. Children's events, which include pumpkin decorating, a Moon Bounce and "tattoos," are free.

A display of foreign cars will be featured, and handmade crafts will be for sale. Local nonprofit groups plan to be at the festival to offer information about their services. Free blood pressure screenings will be available. Potted pansies, festival T-shirts and the Entertainment 2006 book will be for sale.

New to the event this year is the "Best Pie in Town" contest. Everyone is welcome to bring homemade pies at noon for judging.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-730-4610.

New club features books and knitting

A new Mother/Daughter Books and Knitting Club will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

The group for girls, ages 9 to14 and a parent, will discuss So B. It by Sarah Weeks. Come 30 minutes early if you want to help with knitting. Participants should bring their own supplies.

Registration is not needed.

Information: 410-313-7700.

Around Town

Benefit classes -- Yoga Center of Columbia, 8950 Route 108, will hold a series of classes to benefit the Salvation Army's relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Classes will be held from tomorrow to Wednesday. To request a schedule: 410-720-4340.

Vehicle-ID etching -- The Maryland/DC Anti Car-Theft Committee and the Howard County Police Department will sponsor a free vehicle-identification etching session from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Howard County Police Oakland Mills Community Office, 5820 Stevens Forest Road. Motorists will have a chance to have the major pieces of glass in their cars engraved with their vehicle identification numbers as a deterrent to theft and a help in recovering stolen vehicles. Those who attend also can register in the Watch Your Car Program, a national vehicle theft-prevention program. Janet Stabile, 410-313-3337.

Registration open -- East Columbia Preschool has openings in its Tuesday-Thursday class for 3-year-olds and in its Monday-Wednesday-Friday class for 4-year-olds. The cooperative preschool, which enrolls about 60 children, meets at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way. 410-290-9166, or www.east columbiapreschool.com.

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